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The Nohkalikai waterfalls in Meghalaya in northeastern India are one of the highest waterfalls in the country. The water flows 1,115 feet - from a height of just over 4,000 feet

India is an explosion of color and culture and home to some of the most sacred places in the world.

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It also has a vast and varied terrain, from beautiful lakes to high snow-capped mountains and from epic deserts to heavenly beaches.

Here MailOnline Travel presents a selection of breathtaking images that reflect the diverse charm of the country, including the iconic Taj Mahal, the enchanting tea plantations of Kerala, the Ajanta caves and more …

The Nohkalikai waterfalls in Meghalaya in northeastern India are one of the highest waterfalls in the country. The water flows 1,115 feet - from a height of just over 4,000 feet

The Nohkalikai waterfalls in Meghalaya in northeastern India are one of the highest waterfalls in the country. The water flows 1,115 feet – from a height of just over 4,000 feet

The Taj Mahal in Agra is & # 39; the world's most famous mausoleum. It was the final resting place for Mumtaz Mahal, the third wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Employees spent about 20 years on the stunning construction of white marble - from 1632 to 1653. It is now a symbol of eternal love

The Taj Mahal in Agra is & # 39; the world's most famous mausoleum. It was the final resting place for Mumtaz Mahal, the third wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Employees spent about 20 years on the stunning construction of white marble - from 1632 to 1653. It is now a symbol of eternal love

The Taj Mahal in Agra is & # 39; the world's most famous mausoleum. It was the final resting place for Mumtaz Mahal, the third wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Employees spent about 20 years on the stunning construction of white marble – from 1632 to 1653. It is now a symbol of eternal love

Here is a photo of the Taj Mahal taken from a more unusual angle, according to the photographer, & # 39; from a hidden place that only locals know & # 39;
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Here is a photo of the Taj Mahal taken from a more unusual angle, according to the photographer, & # 39; from a hidden place that only locals know & # 39;

Here is a photo of the Taj Mahal taken from a more unusual angle, according to the photographer, & # 39; from a hidden place that only locals know & # 39;

A tea plantation valley in Munnar, Kerala. This region is undoubtedly one of the most striking tea making facilities in the country

A tea plantation valley in Munnar, Kerala. This region is undoubtedly one of the most striking tea making facilities in the country

A tea plantation valley in Munnar, Kerala. This region is undoubtedly one of the most striking tea making facilities in the country

The famous Chand Baori Stepwell in the village of Abhaneri, Rajasthan. It is one of the largest stepwells in the world. The oldest parts of the structure date from the 8th century

The famous Chand Baori Stepwell in the village of Abhaneri, Rajasthan. It is one of the largest stepwells in the world. The oldest parts of the structure date from the 8th century

The famous Chand Baori Stepwell in the village of Abhaneri, Rajasthan. It is one of the largest stepwells in the world. The oldest parts of the structure date from the 8th century

The confluence of the mighty Indus and Zanskar rivers near Leh in the Ladakh region of northern India, where their colors merge in a fascinating way. The Indus, with 1,975 miles, is one of the longest in Asia

The confluence of the mighty Indus and Zanskar rivers near Leh in the Ladakh region of northern India, where their colors merge in a fascinating way. The Indus, with 1,975 miles, is one of the longest in Asia

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The confluence of the mighty Indus and Zanskar rivers near Leh in the Ladakh region of northern India, where their colors merge in a fascinating way. The Indus, with 1,975 miles, is one of the longest in Asia

Adventurous tourists pay attention, because when the Zanskar River freezes (photo), it becomes the route for the tough Chadar trek - a 65-mile walk at temperatures as low as -35 ° C

Adventurous tourists pay attention, because when the Zanskar River freezes (photo), it becomes the route for the tough Chadar trek - a 65-mile walk at temperatures as low as -35 ° C

Adventurous tourists pay attention, because when the Zanskar River freezes (photo), it becomes the route for the tough Chadar trek – a 65-mile walk at temperatures as low as -35 ° C

Dal Lake - or the & # 39; Flower Lake & # 39; - in Srinagar in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is popular with tourists - and no wonder

Dal Lake - or the & # 39; Flower Lake & # 39; - in Srinagar in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is popular with tourists - and no wonder

Dal Lake – or the & # 39; Flower Lake & # 39; – in Srinagar in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is popular with tourists – and no wonder

The Ajanta caves are a series of 29 Buddhist cave temples in Ajanta, some of which date from the 2nd century BC
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The Ajanta caves are a series of 29 Buddhist cave temples in Ajanta, some of which date from the 2nd century BC

The Ajanta caves are a series of 29 Buddhist cave temples in Ajanta, some of which date from the 2nd century BC

Hawa Mahal, located in Jaipur, is a palace made of pink sandstone with five floors. It has a distinctive honeycomb shape and intricately carved windows

Hawa Mahal, located in Jaipur, is a palace made of pink sandstone with five floors. It has a distinctive honeycomb shape and intricately carved windows

Hawa Mahal, located in Jaipur, is a palace made of pink sandstone with five floors. It has a distinctive honeycomb shape and intricately carved windows

Tropical: the vibrant rainbow-colored wooden bungalows on the beach of Palolem in the south of Goa

Tropical: the vibrant rainbow-colored wooden bungalows on the beach of Palolem in the south of Goa

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Tropical: the vibrant rainbow-colored wooden bungalows on the beach of Palolem in the south of Goa

Miracle of nature: in the state of Meghalaya in northeastern India, people make living & # 39; root bridges & # 39; of the aerial roots of fig trees

Miracle of nature: in the state of Meghalaya in northeastern India, people make living & # 39; root bridges & # 39; of the aerial roots of fig trees

Miracle of nature: in the state of Meghalaya in northeastern India, people make living & # 39; root bridges & # 39; of the aerial roots of fig trees

The Lotus Temple in Delhi is a famous monument known for its floral shape. The temple consists of 27 independent marble petals

The Lotus Temple in Delhi is a famous monument known for its floral shape. The temple consists of 27 independent marble petals

The Lotus Temple in Delhi is a famous monument known for its floral shape. The temple consists of 27 independent marble petals

Depicted is The Rann of Kutch, a salt marsh in the Thar desert in the Kutch district of Gujarat. It often becomes the & # 39; Wild West & # 39; from India
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Depicted is The Rann of Kutch, a salt marsh in the Thar desert in the Kutch district of Gujarat. It often becomes the & # 39; Wild West & # 39; from India

Depicted is The Rann of Kutch, a salt marsh in the Thar desert in the Kutch district of Gujarat. It often becomes the & # 39; Wild West & # 39; from India

This beautiful image was made from a boat while the sun went down on the Ganges river in Varanasi

This beautiful image was made from a boat while the sun went down on the Ganges river in Varanasi

This beautiful image was made from a boat while the sun went down on the Ganges river in Varanasi

Bloomin & great: The Valley of Flowers National Park in North Chamoli, in the state of Uttarakhand. It is an area rich in alpine flowers

Bloomin & great: The Valley of Flowers National Park in North Chamoli, in the state of Uttarakhand. It is an area rich in alpine flowers

Bloomin & great: The Valley of Flowers National Park in North Chamoli, in the state of Uttarakhand. It is an area rich in alpine flowers

Pangong Lake, on the border with India and China, is situated at 4,350 m (14,271 ft) above sea level in the Himalayas

Pangong Lake, on the border with India and China, is situated at 4,350 m (14,271 ft) above sea level in the Himalayas

Pangong Lake, on the border with India and China, is situated at 4,350 m (14,271 ft) above sea level in the Himalayas

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai is one of the busiest train stations in India - and this 19th-century UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the world's most visually arresting train stations

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai is one of the busiest train stations in India - and this 19th-century UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the world's most visually arresting train stations

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai is one of the busiest train stations in India – and this 19th-century UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the world's most visually arresting train stations

The imposing Thiruvalluvar statue - a 133 ft. Stone statue of the Tamil poet and philosopher Valluvar on a small island near the coastal town of Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu
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The imposing Thiruvalluvar statue - a 133 ft. Stone statue of the Tamil poet and philosopher Valluvar on a small island near the coastal town of Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu

The imposing Thiruvalluvar statue – a 133 ft. Stone statue of the Tamil poet and philosopher Valluvar on a small island near the coastal town of Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu

The pictured Shimla, 7,467 ft high in the foothills of the Himalayas, used to be the summer capital of British India. Now it is the capital of the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. And where the narrow gauge line Kalka-Shimla ends

The pictured Shimla, 7,467 ft high in the foothills of the Himalayas, used to be the summer capital of British India. Now it is the capital of the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. And where the narrow gauge line Kalka-Shimla ends

The pictured Shimla, 7,467 ft high in the foothills of the Himalayas, used to be the summer capital of British India. Now it is the capital of the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. And where the narrow gauge line Kalka-Shimla ends

This is the Tawang monastery, the largest monastery in India. It lies at an altitude of 10,000 feet in the Tibetan border, overlooking dramatic gorges and snow-covered peaks

This is the Tawang monastery, the largest monastery in India. It lies at an altitude of 10,000 feet in the Tibetan border, overlooking dramatic gorges and snow-covered peaks

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This is the Tawang monastery, the largest monastery in India. It lies at an altitude of 10,000 feet in the Tibetan border, overlooking dramatic gorges and snow-covered peaks

A daily street scene in Jodhpur, the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. This area is known as the & # 39; Blue City & # 39; because most houses have a striking blue color

A daily street scene in Jodhpur, the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. This area is known as the & # 39; Blue City & # 39; because most houses have a striking blue color

A daily street scene in Jodhpur, the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. This area is known as the & # 39; Blue City & # 39; because most houses have a striking blue color

A hot balloon above Manali, a popular mountain town in Himachal Pradesh

A hot balloon above Manali, a popular mountain town in Himachal Pradesh

A hot balloon above Manali, a popular mountain town in Himachal Pradesh

Chitrakote Falls, also known as the Niagara Falls of India, on the Indravati River, west of Jagadalpur. It is common to see beautiful rainbows here during the rainy season
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Chitrakote Falls, also known as the Niagara Falls of India, on the Indravati River, west of Jagadalpur. It is common to see beautiful rainbows here during the rainy season

Chitrakote Falls, also known as the Niagara Falls of India, on the Indravati River, west of Jagadalpur. It is common to see beautiful rainbows here during the rainy season

This photo shows an elephant being driven to the famous Amber Fort in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan

This photo shows an elephant being driven to the famous Amber Fort in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan

This photo shows an elephant being driven to the famous Amber Fort in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan

The Agatti island depicted is a 3.7 km long piece of paradise lying on a coral atoll on the territory of Lakshadweep

The Agatti island depicted is a 3.7 km long piece of paradise lying on a coral atoll on the territory of Lakshadweep

The Agatti island depicted is a 3.7 km long piece of paradise lying on a coral atoll on the territory of Lakshadweep

In the 15th-century stairwell of Adalaj you can release your inner Lara Croft ...

In the 15th-century stairwell of Adalaj you can release your inner Lara Croft ...

In the 15th-century stairwell of Adalaj you can release your inner Lara Croft …

There are a number of really epic train journeys available in India, as this photo of the Mumbai-Pune line shows

There are a number of really epic train journeys available in India, as this photo of the Mumbai-Pune line shows

There are a number of really epic train journeys available in India, as this photo of the Mumbai-Pune line shows

The Golden Temple in Amritsar in the state of Punjab is the main shrine of the Sikh religion

The Golden Temple in Amritsar in the state of Punjab is the main shrine of the Sikh religion

The Golden Temple in Amritsar in the state of Punjab is the main shrine of the Sikh religion

There is an extensive, stunning network of tranquil inland water canals and lagoons in the city of Alappuzha. A beautiful watery world awaits ...

There is an extensive, stunning network of tranquil inland water canals and lagoons in the city of Alappuzha. A beautiful watery world awaits ...

There is an extensive, stunning network of tranquil inland water canals and lagoons in the city of Alappuzha. A beautiful watery world awaits …

At Sundarbans UNESCO World Heritage Site you will find & # 39; the world's largest mangrove forest on the coast. There are 102 islands, 54 of which are inhabited. And it is home to around 400 Royal Bengal tigers

At Sundarbans UNESCO World Heritage Site you will find & # 39; the world's largest mangrove forest on the coast. There are 102 islands, 54 of which are inhabited. And it is home to around 400 Royal Bengal tigers

At Sundarbans UNESCO World Heritage Site you will find & # 39; the world's largest mangrove forest on the coast. There are 102 islands, 54 of which are inhabited. And it is home to around 400 Royal Bengal tigers

The city of Mandawa is known for its richly decorated historic buildings, many of which are covered with beautiful frescoes and murals.

The city of Mandawa is known for its richly decorated historic buildings, many of which are covered with beautiful frescoes and murals.

The city of Mandawa is known for its richly decorated historic buildings, many of which are covered with beautiful frescoes and murals.

The 15th-century Vittala temple in Hampi is nothing short of spectacular. Wow factor architecture includes a stone chariot and a hall with 100 pillars

The 15th-century Vittala temple in Hampi is nothing short of spectacular. Wow factor architecture includes a stone chariot and a hall with 100 pillars

The 15th-century Vittala temple in Hampi is nothing short of spectacular. Wow factor architecture includes a stone chariot and a hall with 100 pillars

Humayun & # 39; s Tomb in Delhi is the tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayun. This impressive 16th-century building was designed by Persian architects chosen by Humayun & # 39; s first wife, Empress Bega Begum

Humayun & # 39; s Tomb in Delhi is the tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayun. This impressive 16th-century building was designed by Persian architects chosen by Humayun & # 39; s first wife, Empress Bega Begum

Humayun & # 39; s Tomb in Delhi is the tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayun. This impressive 16th-century building was designed by Persian architects chosen by Humayun & # 39; s first wife, Empress Bega Begum

The enchanting view from Diskit Monastery in Leh, in the far north of the country, at an altitude of 10,300 feet

The enchanting view from Diskit Monastery in Leh, in the far north of the country, at an altitude of 10,300 feet

The enchanting view from Diskit Monastery in Leh, in the far north of the country, at an altitude of 10,300 feet

Photographer Atharva Tulsi captured this incredible piece of forest landscape near the city of Pune

Photographer Atharva Tulsi captured this incredible piece of forest landscape near the city of Pune

Photographer Atharva Tulsi captured this incredible piece of forest landscape near the city of Pune

Palolem beach with palm trees in Goa was ranked by TripAdvisor as the 20th best beach in Asia

Palolem beach with palm trees in Goa was ranked by TripAdvisor as the 20th best beach in Asia

Palolem beach with palm trees in Goa was ranked by TripAdvisor as the 20th best beach in Asia

Photographer Abhay Singh made this photo of Mumbai just after taking off from an airplane window and said: & it gave me a whole new perspective on the city & # 39;

Photographer Abhay Singh made this photo of Mumbai just after taking off from an airplane window and said: & it gave me a whole new perspective on the city & # 39;

Photographer Abhay Singh made this photo of Mumbai just after taking off from an airplane window and said: & it gave me a whole new perspective on the city & # 39;

The scenery near Bengaluru - which some say is the capital of India - is breathtaking

The scenery near Bengaluru - which some say is the capital of India - is breathtaking

The scenery near Bengaluru – which some say is the capital of India – is breathtaking

Taj Lake Palace in Rajasthan is considered by some to be the most romantic hotel in the world

Taj Lake Palace in Rajasthan is considered by some to be the most romantic hotel in the world

Taj Lake Palace in Rajasthan is considered by some to be the most romantic hotel in the world

The Basgo Monastery, built in 1680, is famous for its Buddha statue and murals - and for its photogenic location in the foothills of the Himalayas near the city of Leh

The Basgo Monastery, built in 1680, is famous for its Buddha statue and murals - and for its photogenic location in the foothills of the Himalayas near the city of Leh

The Basgo Monastery, built in 1680, is famous for its Buddha statue and murals – and for its photogenic location in the foothills of the Himalayas near the city of Leh

A beautiful image of the epic 300ft four-layer Dudhsagar waterfalls and railroad bridge in Goa

A beautiful image of the epic 300ft four-layer Dudhsagar waterfalls and railroad bridge in Goa

A beautiful image of the epic 300ft four-layer Dudhsagar waterfalls and railroad bridge in Goa

The Himachal Pradesh region in the Himalayas is dotted with picturesque towns, Buddhist temples and monasteries and ski resorts

The Himachal Pradesh region in the Himalayas is dotted with picturesque towns, Buddhist temples and monasteries and ski resorts

The Himachal Pradesh region in the Himalayas is dotted with picturesque towns, Buddhist temples and monasteries and ski resorts

The Yumthang Valley depicted, at an altitude of over 11,000 feet, is the place to go if you want the following on your route - rhododendrons (24 species), hot springs, yaks, rolling meadows and a bubbling river

The Yumthang Valley depicted, at an altitude of over 11,000 feet, is the place to go if you want the following on your route - rhododendrons (24 species), hot springs, yaks, rolling meadows and a bubbling river

The Yumthang Valley depicted, at an altitude of over 11,000 feet, is the place to go if you want the following on your route – rhododendrons (24 species), hot springs, yaks, rolling meadows and a bubbling river

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